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Fibre optic cables are an important infrastructure for modern living – Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has entered into a partnership with global technology giant, Facebook, for the provision of internet infrastructure, learning resources and community support for teachers to strengthen the state’s basic education reforms.

L-R: Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Dr. Joan Osa-Oviawe; Head of Product Growth in Sub Saharan Africa, at Facebook, Cynthia Obioha; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Head of Policy and Partnership for West and Central Africa at Facebook, Adaora Ikenze; Head, Facebook Education Partnerships, Dr. Adam Seldow; SUBEB members, Rev. Fr. Anthony Oshiowekhai Ekhaisomi and Hon. Elizabeth Ighodaro, at a luncheon for Facebook Education Section, at the Government House, in Benin City.

Speaking at a luncheon for Facebook Education Section delegation at the Government House, in Benin City, the governor said his administration will continue to deploy technology to drive basic education reforms, which will prepare pupils in the state to compete favorably with their peers across the globe.

He expressed appreciation to Facebook for providing technology to support basic education reforms implemented by his administration to re-enact qualitative education in the state.

The support from the technology giant, according to Obaseki, would assist the state government prepare pupils in Edo State to compete with their contemporaries across the globe, adding, “We have to prepare the Edo child for a competitive world; a world without boundaries, as children across the world will compete for the best that life can offer. Apart from recreating the curriculum, the use of technology is very important, that is why we are grateful to Facebook.”

Obaseki added, “We have dug almost 400km of fibers optic cables around Benin Metropolis and it will be extended to other parts of the state. Fibre optic cables are an important infrastructure for modern living. It is important as electricity, as the combination of fibre optic cables and electricity put one in a competitive position globally.”

He noted that when the service becomes functional, teachers and other stakeholders in the education sector would fully maximise the use of technology to improve learning.

Head, Facebook Education Partnerships, Dr. Adam Seldow, said the company will be assisting pupils in the state to learn better by providing connectivity, teachers’ resources and professional community in schools.

Seldow explained that Facebook was interested in Edo State because of the state government’s accomplishments with the Edo Basic Education Transformation Sector (Edo-BEST) programme, noting that, 10.5 million children according to their data, were not attending schools in Nigeria, while one in five teachers is not receiving relevant training to improve learning outcomes in classrooms.

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He said Facebook is providing intervention by assisting the state government build professional community, provide teachers’ training materials and connectivity.


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